Last updated: Wednesday, 15, December, 2010
CausesAppropriate Tests


Conjunctival swab or corneal scrapings for microscopy and culture. Investigation is only indicated for severe or recurrent infection.
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae 
  • Chlamydia trachomatis

Conjunctival swab for chlamydia trachomatis detection

Molecular genetics testing for HSV

Molecular genetics testing for V2V

  • Fungal infection
Corneal scrapings for fungal microscopy and culture.
  • Acanthamoeba sp
Special media required for culture; consult pathologist prior to specimen collection.


  • Seasonal
  • Vernal conjunctivitis
  • Local treatments


Reiter's syndrome

Erythema multiforme

Sicca syndrome, especially